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I.V. Press Web site more useful than ever with newest additions

January 26, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

The Web site for the Imperial Valley Press, www.ivpressonline.com, has become more useful as new additions have been made to the site.

"We're trying to make it as interactive as we can," said Dave Leone, publisher of the Press.

Among the new features is a link that lets users submit letters to the editor through the site. After entering some required information including his or her name, the writer can type in the letter and send it to the editor with a click of the mouse. Press editors ask that the letters not be sent as attachments.

People can obtain subscriptions through the site as well as place a vacation hold on existing subscriptions.

Vacationers can enter the dates they'll be away and select one of three options for their missed papers. Subscribers can donate the papers to the Press' Newspapers in Education program, have their papers saved in a vacation pack and delivered to them when they return or can tack on the missed days to the end of their subscription.

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Additionally, the site now has a guest book in which users can leave messages for the community.

The guest book is a good feature for people not in town or those who haven't been in the area for awhile to communicate or catch up with each other, Leone said.

"The Web site is always changing and being updated," Leone said.

Future plans include a special obituary guest book for people to leave messages for families of the deceased and order flowers from a local florist. Leone expects the site to feature streaming audio and visual components.

Though the Web site doesn't yet offer everything printed in the paper, Leone says he hopes it will be useful for readers and advertisers.

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